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Current therapeutic approaches of psoriasis are affected by age at disease onset.
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PMID:  23210896     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Abstract Psoriasis in patients with early onset follows an irregular course with tendency to become severe and extensive. The aim of this study was to look for an association between age at onset of psoriasis and use of biologic agents for its treatment. We reviewed the medical records of 350 patients with moderate to severe psoriasis treated with systemic therapies and compared differences in age at disease onset between patients who had received biologics and those who had not. The mean age of our patients was 54.9 ± 15.1 years. 100 of them (28.6%) were currently receiving or had previously received treatment with a biologic agent. For those with biologic use, average age at time of diagnosis of psoriasis was 28.2 ± 14.7 years, compared with 40.4 ± 18.1 years for those who had not received biologics. 139 patients had psoriasis diagnosed before or at age 30 years. 60 out of them (43.1%) had used biologics. 44 patients had psoriasis diagnosed after age 60 years, but only 3 out of them (6.8%) had used biologics. Concomitant arthritis was significantly associated with use of biologics. In our patients with psoriasis disease, frequency of treatment with a biologic agent varied inversely with age at disease onset.
Authors:
Vito Di Lernia; Elena Ficarelli
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of dermatological treatment     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1471-1753     ISO Abbreviation:  J Dermatolog Treat     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8918133     Medline TA:  J Dermatolog Treat     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Unit of Dermatology, Arcispedale S. Maria Nuova-IRCCS, Reggio Emilia , Italy.
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